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£250 P&S - what's best?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Tunney, 18 Sep 2009.

  1. Tunney


    Joined: 11 Oct 2004

    Posts: 14,550

    Location: London

    I'm in the market for a new camera and I thought I'd come to OCuk for suggestions.

    I'm looking for a standard point and shoot camera for holidays, parties and close-up photos. Therefore I'm looking for a camera with good low light performance and a decent macro mode.

    What I'm not looking for is gimmicks. I don't care about how many megapixels it has got or whether it does HD video recording. All I care about is still image quality.

    Any suggestions? I've tried searching reviews online but it's hard to know what information is up-to-date.
  2. Thebug

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Feb 2007

    Posts: 1,904

    Location: Walsall

    If you can go slightly over budget have a look at the panasonic FZ38 @ £269
  3. JAMAL


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,961

    Location: Stoke on trent

    Or maybe an LX3 second hand?
  4. Jotun


    Joined: 11 Jun 2005

    Posts: 3,606

    Location: Liverpool

    I took the Panasonic TZ6 with me on holiday for 6 weeks, took it on nights out partying and for landscape photos etc, and I've been really pleased with the results. If you want HD video recording the TZ7 might be worth looking at but costs a bit more. I think it has a more detailed LCD too. It's got a decent lens - from 25mm to 300mm equivalent, 12x zoom IIRC. I think the TZ6 should be available for around £210, and I think I've seen the TZ7 for £240 online.

    A bit of shameless pimpage but here's some of my favourite photos I've taken with it - http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18055646
  5. Tunney


    Joined: 11 Oct 2004

    Posts: 14,550

    Location: London

    Cheers, I guess I'll take a look at Panasonic's range then. :)
  6. robertgilbert86

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,162

    Location: London

    The Ricoh CX1 is one to consider. Check it out on trustedreviews.com.
  7. david25


    Joined: 15 Mar 2005

    Posts: 908

    Definately the LX3, try and stretch to it.
  8. Combat squirrel


    Joined: 7 Aug 2004

    Posts: 10,363